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Scoular Company Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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  1. "Still nice to be a private company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Scoular Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A smaller but very progressive place to work in the world of huge companies. The chain of command is short and fairly easy to get answers.

    Cons

    Currently the company is going through a major upper management transition with our new CEO. It will most likely be best in the long run.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real. Keep the focus on the things that got us where we are today. Keep looking for new ways to pry our way into new markets.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Not equal emploer as they say they are"

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser Assistant in Omaha, NE
    Former Employee - Merchandiser Assistant in Omaha, NE
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Scoular Company (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, incentives. They are a growing company

    Cons

    They don't address problems between managers and emploees. HR dept is not helpful, they don't stand behind their company values.

    Advice to Management

    Need to listen to emploees, managers are employees to, they are not above everyone else. They should have to be accountable for their actions to other coworkers as well.

  3. "Decent place to work. Fast pace. Opportunities to learn many different things. Management was engaging."

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    Former Employee - Facility Operations in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Facility Operations in Fremont, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scoular Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Various job placements. Ability to cross train if willing. Knowledgeable management, they worked for thier position. Respectful and flexible. If you show loyalty they will also be very loyal.

    Cons

    Can be hectic and stressful. Sometimes rediculous deadlines. Pay is ehh it averages out. Some days are all dead time and drag on for hours but that will be made up later. High turnover rate. Always someone new coming in. Takes a special kind of person for this line of work.

    Advice to Management

    Better wage competition


  4. "It was amazing and different"

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    Former Employee - Scale Operator in Helena, MT
    Former Employee - Scale Operator in Helena, MT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Scoular Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a laid back environment most of the time we are just there doing nothing until season starts.

    Cons

    When the season start it's 14 hours days 7 days a week


  5. "Concerning Future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scoular Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay. Good experience.

    Cons

    Boring atmosphere. Not a lot of direction from management.


  6. "Grain Merchandiser"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Scoular Company full-time

    Pros

    Freedom to make your own choices

    Cons

    You have to be willing to live in very rural places and move often


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not the best, not the worst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits. Down town location. Decent pay if you aren't a minion at the bottom.

    Cons

    Need better training. Just because a supervisor does their job well doesn't mean they will be good at training/teaching.

    Advice to Management

    Value and acknoweldge your employees at the "bottom."

  8. "Nice working enviroment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scoular Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    reasonable working enviroment, fun co workers

    Cons

    Work is a little bit stressful, hope can be paid more competitive.


  9. "Growing Company, good opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Scoular Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity to learn from senior management
    High pace work environment and good culture
    Rewarded for working hard and achieving results
    Allowed to take on new challenges

    Cons

    Currently upgrading older technology so can be challenging to manage new systems


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Excellent career based workplace--working out the kinks"

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    Current Employee - Merchant Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Merchant Assistant in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Scoular Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    My boss hired me with little/no industry experience because my skills and aptitudes fit the position they were looking to fill. I am astonished by how few companies do this in this day and age--I had been turned down by job after job because I had no experience. I can't praise my team at Scoular enough for the initiative they put into recruiting young people and training them into their careers. Although I am entry-level and in a support staff position, since I have started my group has showed me that their priority is developing my roll in a way which both suits my aptitudes and my interests.

    I was hired with a competitive salary and a full benefits package. The social environment is friendly and the company is not shy about putting money toward social events for its employees. The office is clean and lovely, supplies of any kind are easily made available, and the schedule is flexible and accommodating.

    Cons

    There is a bit of an "old school" vibe still alive at Scoular, despite the many progressive movements of the company. It is a commodity trading business, after all, so there is a fast-paced, high pressure environment around the goal of making money. I would say that the support staff is not always treated as respectfully as they should be, depending on the leadership in the group. The traders are given a lot of leeway to act as they see fit, and it can have the tendency to make those in support roles feel like they are under-valued. Upper management and HR take little interest in issues of workplace behavior between traders and support.

    As mentioned by other reviewers on this website, some positions do seem like dead-ends. I would recommend to any reader considering an opportunity at Scoular to have a frank conversation with your contact to ensure that the position you are applying for is one with the potential for growth. I imagine this is the same with any other company: some groups are growing, some are dying, and some have been the same as they have been for the last 30 years. Support staff rarely make the jump to trading, so be aware of that if you are applying for an M.A. position with aspirations to sell grain.

    Lastly, HR does not offer resources for lateral career development at Scoular, nor do they get involved in employee disputes. These two traditional roles of an HR department are vital, I believe, and I question why they are not in existence here now.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved and listen to your support staff a little more, consider incorporating some flexibility into the corporate hierarchy to promote more communication about job satisfaction, restructure HR to offer resources for more lateral and upward movement within groups.


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